Wreaths Across America pay respects to veterans
BATH, NY (WENY) - Wreaths Across America honored veterans this morning for National Wreaths Across America Day.
The Bath National Cemetery invited the community Saturday morning to pay respects to veterans and those currently serving. An honorary ceremony was held at 11 a.m., followed by the placement of wreaths on every tombstone.
Thousands of wreaths were placed at today’s event. The organization provided over 6,800 wreaths to the public to place throughout the cemetery. Bath National Cemetery Location Coordinator Tom Doud felt overjoyed to see his community show their respects.
“Initially, we expected 5,400 wreaths but, Wreaths Across America National sent us an extra 1,400,” Doud said. “We were very pleased with that as well as the outcome of everybody who came to support our cause.”
Wreaths Across America canceled last year's event due to COVID-19. This year they are happy to be back with COVID guidelines in place to remember the fallen.
“It's great that more people are feeling free to come out and partake in these activities,” Doud said. “Last year, we made the unpopular decision to cancel.”
Michael Cornish, an air force veteran, says the laying of the wreaths is heartwarming. He was overjoyed by the local support.
“It's a great tribute to them, and it’s very patriotic for us to be able to come and be a part of it,” Cornish said. “It's a great day.”
Wreaths Across America plans to be back at the Bath National Cemetery next winter.